Stiffer sentence sought for rapper after FaceBook post

YOUNGSTOWN — An assistant prosecutor has asked the judge who sentenced a rapper Wednesday to probation to “reconvene” sentencing — and send him to prison — after seeing a social-media post the rapper was banned from making.

Assistant Prosecutor Martin Hume, who asked Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Anthony Donofrio to sentence Holden J. Raines Jr. to three years in prison on Wednesday, filed a motion Thursday asking the judge to hold another hearing, noting the sentencing was “not complete” because restitution to the victim was not finalized at Wednesday’s hearing.

The filing suggests that Hume would like the judge to sentence Raines, 32, of the New Castle, Pa., area, to prison this time.

The sentencing followed Raines pleading guilty to felony robbery in August for the Nov. 2, 2019, assault and theft of two chains from around the neck of fellow rapper Marlin Ostrom, at the back of an East Midlothian Boulevard club where Ostrom had performed. Part of the attack was captured on surveillance video.

Much of Wednesday’s hearing involved Hume showing dozens of videos and social media posts that Raines had posted on the internet to taunt and embarrass Ostrom for going to the police and other things.

Raines’ attorney said Ostrom had similarly been harassing Raines on social media, but he did not bring any examples to show the judge.

Hume wrote in his filing that as part of Raines’ sentence, Donofrio ordered Raines to stay off social media during his three years of probation.

“However, less than 24 hours after being in court, a Facebook post was placed on Raines’ Facebook page stating: “Glad FAC Marlo aka Marlin Ostrom’s case against my brother … is finally over … And Bruh basically beat it!!”

The filing contains a “certified Facebook record showing the account is registered to Holden Raines,” according to the filing.

“In allowing the post on his Facebook page, (Raines) has metaphorically given this court the middle finger,” the filing states.

“It demonstrates disregard for the judicial system, flaunting of the court’s orders, and continuation of the threats and harassment of the victim that the court clearly intended to stop,” Hume stated.

“This conduct demonstrates that (Raines) is not amenable to (probation) sanctions.”

As of Thursday afternoon, the judge had not responded to the motion.



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